1 St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church FATHER ELIE ABI CHEDID, PASTOR DEACON JACK MANHIRE, PH.D. Parish Council President - Amine Harb Women s League President - Paula Harb Music Director - Sharon Luhrs Office Manager/Secretary - Barbara Fidler Bulletin Editor - Diane Manhire MASS TIMES Saturday Vigil - 5:30 pm Sunday: 9:15 am & 11:15 am Daily Mass Tuesday & Wednesday - 6 pm Friday - 12:15 pm Parish Council & Finance Committee Members Khalil Abou-Jaoude Gail Bell Stanley Chlastawa Myrla Cromer Telma Domingues Barbara Fidler Ann Geagea Amine Harb Bill Hinshaw Sheila Love Elias Maroun John Shaheen Dr. Sam Wakim HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION 6 p.m. ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT & VENERATION OF ST. CHARBEL S RELIC Every 22 nd of the month 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PARISH OFFICE HOURS Monday-Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Thursday - Closed BAPTISM Call the Parish Office for information. MATRIMONY Arrangements with the Pastor must be made at least six months in advance. One of the parties must be registered in the Parish & attending mass for at least 3 months. MARONITE CHRISTIAN FORMATION (Religious Education) Communion - Saturdays 4-5 pm Confirmation - Saturdays 2:30-3:30 pm RECONCILIATION Saturdays before the 5:30 pm mass COMMUNION FOR THE SICK Please call the Parish Office. Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth December 1-2, Dr. Phillips Blvd. Orlando, FL phone fax facebook.com/stjudemaronitecatholicchurch
2 FROM THE DEACON S DESK How did the celebration of Christmas come about? The word Christmas derives from the combination of Christ and Mass; it is the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. People are often surprised to find that Christmas was not celebrated by the earliest Christians. The custom was to celebrate a saint s birth into eternal life in other words, His death. Thus Good Friday (Christ s death) and Easter Sunday (His Resurrection) took center stage. To this day, the Church celebrates only three birthdays: Christmas; the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and the Birth of John the Baptist. The common thread in the celebrations is that all three were born without Original Sin: Christ, because He was the Son of God; Mary, because she was sanctified by God in the Immaculate Conception; and John the Baptist, because his leap in the womb of his mother, Elizabeth, at the Visitation is seen as a type of Baptism (and thus, even though John was conceived with Original Sin, he was cleansed of that sin before birth). It took a while, though, for the Church to develop the feast of Christmas. While it may have been celebrated in Egypt as early as the third century, it did not spread throughout the Christian world until the middle of the fourth century. It was first celebrated along with Epiphany, on January 6; but slowly Christmas was separated out into its own feast, on December 25. Many of the early Church Fathers regarded this as the actual date of Christ s birth, though it does coincide with the Roman festival of Natalis Invicti (the winter solstice, which the Romans celebrated on December 25). Concerning the date of Christ s birth the Gospels give no help; upon their data contradictory arguments are based. The census would have been impossible in winter: a whole population could not then be put in motion. Authorities moreover differ as to whether shepherds could or would keep flocks exposed during the nights of the rainy season. By the middle of the sixth century, Christians had begun to observe Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, with fasting; and the Twelve Days of Christmas, from Christmas Day to Epiphany, had become established. It is nearly impossible to go through December without seeing at least one nativity scene, whether it s a set of ceramic figurines in a private home, a life-size tableau in front of a church, or a cast of actors in a children s pageant. Why do people put up crèches at Christmas time, anyway? St. Francis of Assisi is credited with staging the first nativity scene in The only historical account we have of Francis nativity scene comes from The Life of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure, a Franciscan monk who was born five years before Francis death. According to Bonaventure s biography, St. Francis got permission from Pope Honorious III to set up a manger with hay and two live animals an ox and an ass in a cave in the Italian village of Grecio. He then invited the villagers to come gaze upon the scene while he preached about the babe of Bethlehem. (Francis was supposedly so overcome by emotion that he couldn t say Jesus. ) Bonaventure also claims that the hay used by Francis miraculously acquired the power to cure local cattle diseases and pestilences. (cont'd on p.4) Sat 12/1 5:30 pm Sun 12/2 9:15 am Sun 12/2 11:15 am Tues 12/4 6 pm Wed 12/5 6 pm Fri 12/7 12:15 pm Sat 12/8 5:30 pm Sun 12/9 9:15 am Sun 12/9 11:15 am + For Peace in our Country & the World + For the Souls in Purgatory + Ana & Steve Jayson Happy 22nd Anniversary SI by the Jayson Family + + St. Jude Parish Mass Intentions No Daily Mass on Mondays & Thursdays + Enrique Cosson RIP by the Cosson Family + + Ana & Steve Jayson Happy 22nd Anniversary SI by the Jayson Family + + SI of St. Jude Parishioners + Joseph G. Hanna RIP by Joseph M. Hanna + + Hoda Nakad RIP - One Year Anniversary + WEEKLY COLLECTION for the weekend of November 17-18, 2018 Sunday Collection/Donations $1,515. Second Collection/Religious Ed 351. Candles & Gifts 99. Coffee & Sweets 106. Total Collections/Donations $2,071. # of Envelopes: 71 # of attendees: 275 for the weekend of November 24-25, 2018 Sunday Collection/Donations $1,941. Second Collection/Operational Maint Candles & Gifts/St. Charbel 128. Donations 215. Coffee & Sweets 106. Total Collections/Donations $2,922. # of Envelopes: 55 # of attendees: 292 OUR SECOND COLLECTION This week: Building Fund Next Week: Operational Maintenance We are accepting donations for Christmas Flowers. Suggested donation: $10/poinsettia
3 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1 st Tuesday of each month Parish Council Mtg.7 pm Communion Class Saturdays 4-5 pm Confirmation Class Saturdays 2:30-3:30 pm Second Sunday of the month Portuguese Mass 6 pm 22 nd of each month Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & St. Charbel Relic Veneration 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. MEMORIALS To sponsor a religious gift in memory or honor of your loved one, or for a special intention, please call the parish office Memorials & Special Intentions - $50 each/month) CURRENT SPONSORS ALTAR CANDLES SPONSORS + December - In memory of Joseph G. Hanna RIP by Joseph M. Hanna SANCTUARY LAMP SPONSORS + December - In memory of Joseph G. Hanna RIP by Joseph M. Hanna ALTAR BREAD & WINE SPONSORS + December - Fagan Family by Bill & Elizabeth Fagan + January '19 - Reinhardt Families RIP by Barbara Torten + February '19 - Torten Families RIP by Barbara Torten + March '19- Eiserle Families RIP by Barbara Torten CHARCOAL & INCENSE SPONSORS + December - Special Intentions by Buck & Clara Hall SPECIAL INTENTIONS + December - Edward Beaton RIP by Dorothy Beaton PASTOR'S WISH LIST If you can donate any of these items, make a donation for them, or have any questions, please contact the parish office at or Thank you. Fr. Elie Items needed: + Rugs for the Altar area + Two cabinets with locks behind the Altar + Chalices and patens refurbishing Christmas Party Saturday, December 8, 2018 St. Jude Social Hall 7 p.m. $50 per person Tickets available after masses LECTOR-USHER SCHEDULE DECEMBER /1-2 Visitation of the Virgin to Elizabeth - Eph 1:1-14 & Lk 1: :30 p.m. Lector: Mike Mangan Ushers: Kathy Morrell & Stan Chlastawa 9:15 a.m. Lector: Yully Nieves (E&S) Ushers: Larry & Debra Mancuso 11:15 a.m. Lectors: Amira Saad (E) & Amine Harb 12/8-9 Birth of John the Baptist - Gal 4:21-5:1 & Lk 1: :30 p.m. Lector: Leo Black (E) Ushers: John Shaheen & Donna Harrison 9:15 a.m. Lector: Luis Martell (E&S) Ushers: Charlie Fernandez & Ted Khoury 11:15 a.m. Lector: Sam Wakim (E) & Lillian Farran (A) 12/15-16 Revelation to Joseph - Eph 3:1-13 & Mt 1: :30 p.m. Lector: Laura Tellado (E) Ushers: Myrna Calderon & Kathy Morrell 9:15 a.m. Lector: Maria Clark (E&S) Ushers: Bill Hinshaw & Stan Chlastawa 11:15 a.m. Lectors: Jesse Enriguez (E) & Amine Harb (A) 12/22-23 Genealogy Sunday - Rom 1:1-12 & Mt 1:1-17 5:30 p.m. Lector Mike Mangan (E) Ushers: Michael & Donna Harrison 9:15 a.m. Lector: Jezabelle Kinealy (E&S) Ushers: Ted Khoury & Charlie Fernandez 11:15 a.m. Lectors: Amira Saad (E) & Lillian Farran (A) Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Lectors & Ushers will be reported next week. Please join with others in prayer to our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday Dec 13 at 3 pm for the end to abortion at Orlando Women s Health Center 1103 Lucerne Ter. Orlando, All Women s Health Center 431 Maitland Ave. Altamonte Springs. or Planned Parenthood 610 Commons Way, Kissimmee. Children's Christmas Party with Santa Sunday, December 9, 2018 after 11:15 mass St. Jude Social Hall $15 per adult children 12 & under - free Tickets available after masses Bring a wrapped gift for your child
4 VISITATION OF MARY TO ELIZABETH Ephesians 1: Salutation / Spiritual Blessings in Christ Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God s own people, to the praise of his glory. Praise be to God always! Gospel: Luke 1:39-45 During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. Next Week s Readings: Birth of John the Baptist Galatians 4:21-5:1 & Luke 1:57-66 DAILY READINGS Mon.: Eph 1:15-23 & Lk 1:46-56 Tues.: Eph 2:1-10 & Lk 10:38-42 Wed.: Eph 2:11-16 & Lk 19:1-10 Thurs.: Eph 2:17-22 & Jn 4:39-42 Fri.: Eph 3:14-21 & Mk 7:24-30 Sat.: Heb 7:11-17 & Lk 11:27-32 (cont'd from p.2) So what is Christmas? - The reason for the whole celebration is remembering that Christmas marks the coming of the Light (Christ) into the world. That s what the feast is about. It is not important who believes Jesus was really born on December 25th, and that s not the official teaching of the Church either. Here is an idea. This year, do not make Christmas celebration a one day event. Let us all celebrate the Christmas octave. Regular church attendance should be central to the observance of this Christmas Octave, and the continuation of Christmas songs and prayers throughout the week will also help. Of course the end of the Octave is already well marked for us with the celebration of the new year, and isn t it fitting that an eight-day feast marking the coming of Christ into the world should end with a really big party. God Bless You, Deacon Jack We have our Angel Tree at the entrance to the church. Each ornament has a gender and age on it. Please choose an angel and return your unwrapped gift to the church by Sunday, December 16. Thank you for being an angel to a needy child. ST. JUDE PRAYER CHAIN Please send your request to Please list the details of the request you want shared with those members on the St. Jude Prayer Chain. Want to be added to the "Warrior" List, those who pray for others? us. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 POPE FRANCIS INTENTIONS DECEMBER 2018 Evangelization In the Service of the Transmission of Faith That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
5 We are compiling information for a Parish Directory. Please complete the form below. Separate sheets are available in the church foyer. INFORMATION FORM FOR PARISH DIRECTORY (Please print clearly) Name: Name of spouse: Address: Phone Home: Mobile: Work: Address: Occupation: Children s name/age: Original rite: Original country: Languages spoken: Mass preferred time: Envelope Number: Please complete the above form and return it to the church via Mail or , Fax, or by hand. or Christmas Pageant Rehearsal for Christmas Eve Mass - 5 p.m. All children in our parish are welcome. Please register your children I thank all parents for bringing their children & making them part of this Christmas pageant. Rehearsal & costume fitting will be Saturdays at 4 p.m. Christmas Novena Come and join us to prepare Spiritually for this Blessed Announcement Season & the Birth of our Lord. December 15 th through December 23 rd Christmas Mass Remembrance If you would like your loved ones names placed on the altar for the Christmas Masses, please put their names on an envelope (indicate if they are living or deceased) and place the envelope with your donation in the offertory basket or give it to Fr. Elie
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